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5:55 PM ET, May 3, 2009

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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Silicon Valley crown up for grabs  —  Silicon Valley's place as a centre of innovation and a major force in the global economy is waning.  —  So says Tom Siebel, hi-tech veteran and founder of Siebel Systems.  —  “I think Silicon Valley has been toppled from its pedestal,” he told BBC News.
Discussion: Techgeist and Rev2.org, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Myst now in the App Store, 730Mb Download  —  For you nostalgia fans out there, Myst just hit the App Store for $5.99.  It is a whopping (for an iPhone) 727MB download but promises to bring all of the realism of the 1994 classic Macintosh game.  If you don't remember, go grab a refresher.
Discussion: Touch Arcade
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2:
Larry Page Delivers Powerful Commencement Speech At U of M [Video]  —  Earlier today I had the privilege to hear Google co-founder Larry Page speak at the University of Michigan.  I found his commencement speech to be quite moving.  He talked about how his parents first met at the University …
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Jay Alabaster / Associated Press:
Old Japanese maps on Google Earth unveil secrets  —  TOKYO - When Google Earth added historical maps of Japan to its online collection last year, the search giant didn't expect a backlash.  The finely detailed woodblock prints have been around for centuries, they were already posted on another Web site …
Discussion: digg.com
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
What The Trend: Finally, A Way To Make Sense Of Twitter Trends  —  For sure, Twitter Trends give visitors a great general overview of what the app's user base of millions are talking about the most at any given time, giving some insight in what's happening around the world.
Thanks:atul
Tim Anderson / The Register:
Windows 7's XP Mode - Virtually worth the effort  —  What's real and what's not?  —  Review The discovery that Windows 7 will use desktop virtualization so you can run Windows-XP-compatible applications caused almost as much excitement as the news the Windows 7 Release Candidate would ship this week and next.
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Don Clark / Digits:
Intel's Andy Grove Wades, Briefly, into Patent-Reform Debate  —  Semiconductor luminaries honored at a black-tie ceremony in Silicon Valley Saturday night didn't get a lot of time on stage.  Most posed a few seconds for a photo with their award, said a few words about how honored they were, and left the stage.
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:   Intel's Grove: Something foul in Silicon Valley
Marc Flores / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Curve 8900 making its way to AT&T  —  OK everybody, just calm down.  We got word from one of our ninjas that the BlackBerry Curve 8900 will finally be arriving at AT&T stores some time in June.  For those who were hoping for a miracle or at least a little something special added …
Times of London:
Jacqui Smith's secret plan to carry on snooping  —  The home secretary has vowed to scrap a ‘big brother’ database, but a bid to spy on us all continues  —  SPY chiefs are pressing ahead with secret plans to monitor all internet use and telephone calls in Britain despite an announcement by Jacqui Smith …
Discussion: The Register and Boing Boing
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Man Who Made Gmail Says Real-Time Conversation is What's Next  —  Paul Buchheit built the first version of Gmail in one day.  Then, he built the first prototype of Google's contextual advertising service, Adsense, in one day as well.  Now, he's working on a much-watched startup called FriendFeed …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
How OpenTable Could Actually Matter  —  Dot com meltdown survivor and restaurant reservation software company OpenTable had been a rumored IPO candidate for a while.  Still, it shocked many when it finally filed its intention to debut on the Nasdaq back in January.  What?
David / TmoNews:
T-mobile Inventory Reveals All!  —  So what is revealed by the above image exactly?  Android fans may take notice of the HTC T-mobile “Mytouch,” which isn't the first time we have seen this name come under suspicision of being the HTC Magic.  While we still can't pinpoint an official release date …
Guardian:
Apple launches a revolution - and then gets overtaken  —  It happened when the Mac brought a mouse to every desktop.  Now, with the iPhone, it's happening again  —  When a black-jumpered Steve Jobs bounded on to a San Francisco stage just over two years ago to give the keynote speech …
 
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